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makeshift

noun make·shift \ˈmāk-ˌshift\

Definition of MAKESHIFT

:  a usually crude and temporary expedient :  substitute
makeshift adjective
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Examples of MAKESHIFT

  1. <when his belt broke, he was forced to use string as a makeshift>

First Known Use of MAKESHIFT

1766

Synonym Discussion of MAKESHIFT

resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon <exhausted all of their resources> <a last resort>. expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible <a flimsy expedient>. shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient <desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure>. makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference <old equipment employed as a makeshift>. stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure <a new law intended only as a stopgap>.
MAKE SHIFT Defined for Kids

makeshift

adjective make·shift \ˈmāk-ˌshift\

Definition of MAKESHIFT for Kids

:  serving as a temporary substitute <I used my jacket as a makeshift pillow.>

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